Clinton endorses Obama effort to punish Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry suggests new proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons stockpilse
Associated Press
Sep 9, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed President Barack Obama's attempt to win congressional approval of a military strike in Syria, saying Monday that any move by the Assad regime to surrender its weapons to international control would be an "important step." But Clinton cautioned that the removal of its chemical weapons stockpile should not be an "excuse for delay and obstruction" by Syria.

Clinton met with Obama at the White House as the administration sought to sway skeptical lawmakers in Congress to approve a plan to punish Syria's government for last month's chemical weapons attack. The former first lady offered her first public statements on the Syrian crisis, adding her voice to a series of Obama allies who have supported the military action.

"I will continue to support his efforts and I hope the Congress will as well," Clinton said at forum on wildlife trafficking, an issue that was one of her priorities at the State Department.

Clinton noted that Secretary of State John Kerry had suggested a new proposal that would have Syria turn over its stockpiles but she said "the international community cannot ignore the ongoing threat of the Assad regime's stockpiling of chemical weapons."

"Now if the regime immediately surrenders its stockpile to international control as was suggested by Secretary Kerry and the Russians that would be an important step. But this cannot be another excuse for delay and obstruction and Russia has to support the international community's efforts sincerely or be held to account," she said.

"The world will have to deal with this threat as swiftly and comprehensively as possible," Clinton added.

Clinton has largely avoided weighty foreign policy issues since leaving the State Department in February but her backing of Obama's plan could help persuade wary Democrats considering the administration's plan to use force in Syria in the aftermath of President Bashar Assad's alleged use on chemical weapons.

As the nation's top diplomat, Clinton supported intervening in Syria with a proposal in the summer of 2012, developed with then-CIA Director David Petraeus and then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, to arm vetted units of the Syrian rebels. The White House later rebuffed those efforts. Clinton also pushed attempts in the United Nations to develop a political transition in Syria and provide humanitarian aid to Syrians.

The former first lady is the Democrats' leading contender for the White House in 2016 if she decides to run for president again and any statements she makes on key policy issues could follow her into a future campaign.

Obama's quest for the Democratic nomination in 2008 was helped by his opposition to the Iraq war, a stance that he used effectively against Clinton. As a New York senator, Clinton voted in 2002 to authorize the Iraq war, but that position later put her in disfavor with many anti-war Democratic voters in many early voting states.

Clinton spoke about Syria at a White House forum on wildlife trafficking, where she was joined by her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other activists who discussed ways of disrupting the trafficking and poaching of African elephants and rhinos.

 

Comments

Contango

According to a new poll, 60% of Americans DISAPPROVE of the way the Bumbler-in-Chief handles foreign policy.

"Obama hits new low on foreign policy in CNN polling":

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn...

The so-called "world community" ain't none too impressed either.

arnmcrmn

Told you fools 2 weeks ago that Clinton would pop her head up and be a big supporter for this. Its all about the election coming up, bottom line.

Contango

Re: "Its all about the election coming up,"

Agree. Trying to remain "relevant." However, 2016 is a LONG WAY OFF.

Other than successfully defend her philandering husband what EXACTLY has she done?

"Camille Paglia: Hillary Clinton ‘disqualified herself’ from presidency with Benghazi spin":

http://washingtonexaminer.com/ca...

"Camille Paglia: 'It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton is our party’s best chance":

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/21/...

R U Kidding me

let me get this right we sell the chemicals to great brittain which sells them to Syria Then go over there and take them back. sounds almost like the bank over lending scams where going through now. they loan you money on a house then foreclose after collecting every thing they can then resale after the market comes back making millions of the people. wtf Syria you didn't see that coming

Perkins2060

Don't worry America. Vladimir Putin has our back.

Contango

Re: "Vladimir Putin has our back."

Pres. Obama 'obviously' forgot an old Chicago saying:

Never bring a knife to a gun fight.

Perkins2060

On one side we have a Nobel peace prize winning community organizer and on the other side we have a KGB agent. I think I'll go with the KGB agent.

Contango

Re: "Nobel peace prize winning community organizer,"

Also, a Choom Gang, street fighter wannabe and a "metrosexual."

Darwin's choice

Putin handed Obama his hind end this morning! The ever delusional Pelosi called it a victory for Obama! Hahahahahahaha!

grumpy

Obama did tell Medvedev, to let Putin know that Obama would be more flexible after he was elected the second time. Putin is just taking him at his word and following through and seeing just how flexible he can be. Obama has a strangle hold on his ankles and gritted teeth.

2cents

And she can keep taking us into the new world order!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z...

KURTje

Bachman/Palin 2016.....hcntse.

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